It should be noted that although the settlement was $17,053,941 offsets were deducted. These off sets represent the cost of education, health services, civilization of Indians etc. In reviewing the congressional record the costs of forts, military troops, arms, bullets etc. represented the cost of civilizing Indians. Only $5,024,842 was made available to California Indians. This amounted to .47 per acre. In 1972 $647.50 was distributed to eligible California Indians for the atrocities of militia groups, the loss of tribal lands, and reduction of the California Indian population to 16% of the original population.
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